January 16, 2022

What was old is now new

The return of the star

– An Indian motorcycle manufacturer is rereleasing a couple of BSA models with echoes of classic bikes from the past. Both 650 singles, one is based on the Gold Star; the other more dirt oriented. I’d take either!

January 15, 2022

Smoking’

Burnin’ Rubber

– the spare bug-eyed profile of Triumphs streetfighter amidst a fug of spinning tire smoke.

January 14, 2022

Short Plaid

Tartan Time

– a rocker girl wearing the leather jacket and Vivienne Westwood inspired Clan mini skirt

January 13, 2022

Meow

Tao and the cat of motorcycle restoration

– BSA B25 off road with maintenance tabby. I can see some Pursigesque tale as a feline companion to a rebuild adventure.

January 12, 2022

Flying Squad

The Sweeney

– the lineup on BritBox includes gritty seventies show starring John Thaw and Dennis Waterman as Regan and Carter; a pair of serious crime detectives. First episode screenshot of a pair of police motorcycles accompanying a prisoner transfer van. “You’re Nicked!”

January 9, 2022

If you see Sid, tell ‘im!

Mister Tibbs

– another passing this week was Sidney Poitier. He flew the door wide open for minority actors. This lesser known film that he directed and starred in sees him as an american, Dr Matt Younger, who travels to Britain to take part in scrambler races. Whilst there he falls for a young woman who is an African Ambassadors daughter. Romance ensues. Sidney was 94. The bike is a BSA B50 MX which, incidentally, was the very last competition model from the Small Heath factory. Models were still rolling off the line during BSA’s demise.

January 8, 2022

Wild Angel

– One of the “New Hollywood” directors from the seventies, Peter Bogdanovich, passed away this week aged 82. His first foray into movies was as an assistant director under Roger Corman in Wild Angels. A pivotal film that set the scene for what was to come. I’ve always got time to watch his first directorial debut triplet: The Picture Show; What’s up Doc? And Paper Moon. here he looks on as Corman discusses a scene with Peter Fonda.

January 7, 2022

Snow Days

Winter Fun

– freezing fields crossed with a black Bonnie.

January 6, 2022

Interrogation

Shadow Boxing

– early seventies oil in frame Bonneville under the harsh illumination of a spotlight.

January 5, 2022

Caad

Tiger Claws

– temperatures are dropping in the usual January fashion. Here’s a Triumph Tiger being ridden with enthusiasm around a frozen lake. Tire studs a must.

January 4, 2022

Oil City Oler

Beeza!

– Olive Oler, the first woman to be seen riding her BSA motorcycle around Casper WY 1343 S. McKinley St., 1956 . A nice A7 Shooting Star

January 3, 2022

Sloped

New Model

– “We’ll take two! My husband also wants one!”

January 2, 2022

Brigitte Bardot looks down

Upon a Rocket Gold Star

– Antique bike; ceramics in tall display case; bronze cat; and Terry O’Neill photograph.

January 1, 2022

Novus Annus

Another Lap

– Twenty Twenty Two – here we come!

December 31, 2021

Iberian Gato

The Cats Whiskers

Nomade Cycles, a Madrid-based custom garage, took a mid nineties Triumph 900 Tiger and gave it a desert sled look fit for any windmill tilting adventurer.